Wadi Musa

Travel Guide
Wadi Musa showing night scenes, a gorge or canyon and heritage architecture
As the stepping stone to the famous Old City of Petra, the “Valley of Moses” has all you need to prepare yourself for one the world’s most wondrous sights.

Wadi Musa sees half a million visitors each year, yet not many people have heard of this Jordanian town. That’s because it merely acts as the gateway to the ancient city of Petra, its world-famous neighbor. Not that the locals mind: they are in the business of catering to the crowds who come to visit this "New" Wonder of the World.

The town is part of the Ma'an Governorate in southern Jordan. The nearest airport, at Aqaba, is an easy taxi ride away. Most shops, cafés, hotels and banks are centered on the Shaheed Roundabout, in the heart of town. You’ll find accommodations, menus in English and tour operators everywhere.

For a hint of what is to come, visit Little Petra in Siq al-Barid, “the Cold Canyon.” This mini version of Petra is a shaded canyon that cools down fast after sundown, so bring a light jacket or sweater if you plan to visit at night.

Spring and autumn are by far the best times of year to visit this region. Rise early to get to Petra before the crowds arrive and the sun gets too hot, or go in the mid afternoon and combine your visit with a magical Petra By Night Show. To reach the show, walk down the “Tourist Strip,” which runs for 3 miles (5 kilometers) from ‘Ain Musa (Moses’ Spring) to the Petra Visitor Center in the lower valley. Along the way, bedouin merchants sell everything from tea to “antiques” and carpets.

Be sure to return to ‘Ain Musa in the east of town. According to the Bible, Moses hit a large rock with a rod, drawing water and restoring the faith of his parched, disheartened Israelites during their Exodus from Egypt. While it’s debatable if this is the actual miracle rock, it’s an interesting feature.

Before you leave Wadi Musa, soak in a Turkish bath to wash off the desert dust and ponder all the history you’ve explored around this ancient capital.

Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
3.5 out of 5
Little Petra, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Province
The price is £85 per night from 4 Aug to 5 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star holiday park in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (52 reviews)
"We stayed here for two nights. We loved everything about this camp. The staff was really nice and rooms were well kept and clean. The location is about 15 mins away from petra. We had a car so it was easy to go back and forth to the petra village. All the cafes and restaurants are in the village. ..."

Reviewed on 30 May 2022

Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
Movenpick Resort Petra
Movenpick Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa, 718101
Fully refundable
The price is £132 per night from 24 Jul to 25 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (806 reviews)
"They have chocolate hour and lounge for free. So nice!"

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2022

Movenpick Resort Petra
Petra Guest House
Petra Guest House
4 out of 5
Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is £98 per night from 6 Jul to 7 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (268 reviews)
"Best location if you’re visiting ancient city of Petra (located next to entrance gate). Great breakfast and friendly staff. Highly recommend and will stay here on my next visit to Petra"

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2022

Petra Guest House
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Wassaif Camp
Wassaif Camp
1.5 out of 5
Albida Little Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is £59 per night from 6 Jul to 7 Jul
Stay at this campsite in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Petra and Petra Visitor Center are located nearby. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Don’t miss out on this place
"This camp is really a warm recommendation worth. It is set in beautiful surroundings and everything is clean and welcoming. The rooms are simple but has everything you need. The service on this place is IN TOP! The owver and the staff goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and to make sure ..."

Reviewed on 29 Mar 2022

Wassaif Camp
Petra Villa
Petra Villa
Queen Rania street, bani Atta, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate, 71810
The price is £628 per night from 6 Jul to 7 Jul
Stay at this villa in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free WiFi, an LED TV and satellite TV. Popular attractions Petra and Petra Visitor Center are located nearby. Discover ...
Petra Villa
Petra - Aicha Villa
Petra - Aicha Villa
Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is £344 per night from 6 Jul to 7 Jul
Stay at this holiday home in Wadi Musa. Enjoy WiFi, barbecues and an on-site playground. Popular attractions Petra and Moses' Spring are located nearby. Discover ...
Petra - Aicha Villa
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